JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- For the first time in Jefferson County history, West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes. The positive test came back from Fort Drum last month.
Jeff Leiendecker with the Jefferson County Department of Public Health says crews on Drum made the discovery during a routine collection at a pond. He tells us that since 2001, the virus has only been recorded in birds by the county. This discovery is important because birds cannot transmit West Nile to humans, but mosquitoes can.
The Center for Disease Control says one in five people bit by an infected mosquito will develop a fever with other symptoms like headaches, pain, vomiting and diarrhea.